Our Team

Brittany McCutcheon MCD, SLP-CCC          _64A7321
Speech Language Pathologist

Brittany has been in the field of speech and language for almost 12 years. She has experience with a vast number of different communication disorders and ages, ranging from 12 months- senior adults. She has worked in the preschool classroom, adult rehab, private pediatric clinics, and school settings. She has started her own therapy and consulting company, Path To Progress, LLC. Working in the field of speech, language, and communication disorders is her true passion. She lives in Fort Mill with her husband and 10 year old son, Cole and 8 year old daughter, Ava.
She attended Winthrop University were she received her B.A. in Communication Disorders. Then attend the University of South Carolina were she received her Masters in Communication Disorders.

• American Speech, Language, Hearing Association (ASHA)
• Certificate of Clinical Competence-ASHA
• State of South Carolina Certification/License in Speech-Language Pathology
Professional Memberships
• South Carolina Speech and Hearing Association (SCSHA)

Racheal Barnes, Office Mangerracheal (2)

Racheal has over three years experience as an office manager.
She has vast experience in therapy clinics, non profit special needs organizations and preschool classrooms. Originally from Michigan, Racheal moved down here eight years ago and currently resides in Fort Mill with her husband and two sons. She enjoys camping, crafting and spending time at home with her family.

Dawn LaClair, MA, SLP-CCC164a3893

Dawn has more than twenty years of experience in the field of speech-language pathology, much of which has included work with diverse adult and pediatric populations. Over the course of her career she has worked for hospitals, residential facilities, home care organizations, schools, and private clinics.

Dawn received both her B.A. and M.A. in Communication Disorders and Sciences from the State University of New York at Buffalo. She lives in Fort Mill with her husband and three children. Contact Dawn at dawn@pathtoprogresstherapy.com

Jessica Wheaton, OTR/L

164a3990Jessica received her Bachelor of Science in Occupational Therapy from Quinnipiac College. She lives with her family in Fort Mill.  Jessica has a wide range of experiences from pediatrics to geriatrics settings. Jessica has traveled to Costa Rica and provided academic support for bilingual students with learning differences that included dyslexia, ADHD, Asperger’s, Fetal Alcohol Syndrome, Sensory Processing Disorders, and handwriting issues. She also worked in an orphanage setting supporting children from trauma backgrounds.  She is trained in Therapeutic Listening, The Astronaut Training Protocol, Beckmann Oral Motor Protocol, Trust Based Relational Intervention, and Handwriting Without Tears.  Jessica’s passion is working with children and their families to improve their daily lives. Contact Jessica at wheaton@pathtoprogresstherapy.com

Rachael Steiner, BA-SLPARachael S

Rachael lives in Fort Mill with her husband and two children. She graduated from Columbia College with a B.A. in Speech-Language Pathology. She worked as a speech therapy assistant after graduating, then received training in applied behavior analysis (ABA) where she worked as a Registered Behavior Technician.  Through her Speech and ABA experience, Rachael has worked with a range of ages and disorders. She is passionate about working with kids and figuring out how piece together their puzzle to meet their individual needs.  She was able to enhance her work experience while working as an ABA therapist, which greatly enhanced both her speech therapy skills and how she approaches each kid’s needs. Contact Rachael at steiner@pathtoprogresstherapy.com

Abbie Gregory COTA/LAbbie PTP

Abbie received her degree as an occupational therapy assistant from Central Piedmont Community College in Charlotte, NC and is currently licensed in North and South Carolina.  She has received continuing education in the areas of Sensory Integration, treatment of Autism Spectrum Disorder, and feeding disorders. Previous to becoming a COTA, she has worked with a medically/socially diverse population of children and families for over eight years through volunteer experience, and coaching youth recreational activities. She is a true proponent of the powerful role of meaningful occupational pursuits in improving quality of life for ALL individuals. In addition, Abbie has a passion for helping children and their families realize and express their potential as unique individuals with valuable contributions to their environments/communities; she believes that through occupational therapy, children can not only develop functional skills and increased self esteem but maximize their individual potential and self efficacy. Abbie enjoys animals, literature, and all forms of dance. Contact Abbie at gregory@pathtoprogresstherapy.com

Leslie Cramer, MS, SLP-CCC20190124_170039

Leslie has loved working with children since her first job as a dance camp counselor at the YMCA when she was 16 years old. She received her B.A. in Linguistics from William and Mary in 2008 and M.S. in Communication Science Disorders from James Madison University in 2011. Leslie has worked with adult and pediatric populations throughout her career in the hospital,  clinic, and home health settings. A Charlotte native, Leslie and her husband, John, returned to the area in 2015 with their 3 boys. While she has experience with a wide range of treatment approaches and populations, Leslie specializes in pediatric feeding and early language development. Contact Leslie at leslie@pathtoprogresstherapy.com

Jessica Whitaker, MPTFullSizeRender

Jessica lives in Tega Cay with her wonderful family.  She is originally from Kansas City, KS and attended Kansas University and Rockhurts University and received her BS in biology and her masters of physical therapy at Elon University in May 2000.  She has 19 years experience in the field of physical therapy.  She has worked with many patients populations including infant, young adolescents to geriatrics in the inpatient, outpatient, assisted living, and home health settings.  Jessica has always had a passion for working with the pediatric population to be able to allow each individual the opportunity to function at their highest potential to enhance their quality of life.  She is so excited to be a part of Path to Progress to make a difference in children’s lives. Contact Jessica at whitaker@pathtoprogresstherapy.com

Lori Christison, MS SLP-CCCIMG_0359

Lori has been working as an SLP for many years, first in the public schools, then in Early Intervention for the past 13 years. I love working with kids, helping them to develop language so they can express themselves effectively and enjoy positive social interactions. Most recently, She has been advocating for the All Play Together Inclusive playground to be built in Tega Cay. She and her family have lived in the Fort Mill area for 20 years and we are happy to call it home. Contact Lori at Lori@pathtoprogresstherapy.com

Zoan Gutiérrez-Ruiz, M.S., CCC-SLPBio Picture-Zoan

Zoan has worked with adult and pediatric populations throughout her career in preschools and schools in Pennsylvania and her own private practice in Puerto Rico. She received her B.A. in Spanish Education from University of Puerto Rico-Cayey Campus in 2008 and M.S. in Speech-Language Pathologist from Medical Science Campus-University of Puerto Rico in 2012. Zoan specializes and loves working with early language development, bilingual population and motor-speech disorders using PROMPT technique. Currently, she lives in Tega Cay with her husband and two little ones. Zoan holds the following licenses and certifications: Certificated of Clinical Competence (CCC) by American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA), Speech-Language Pathologist License by Board of Examiners of South Carolina, Speech-Language Impaired N-12 Certification by Pennsylvania State Board of Education and Speech-Language Pathologist License by Review Board-Department of Health of Puerto Rico. Contact Zoan at zoan@pathtoprogresstherapy.com

Laina Touchberry, DPTlaina

Laina resides in Fort Mill in which she is native. She received a Bachelor of Science degree at the University of South Carolina where she studied Public Health and Psychology. She graduated with a Doctorate degree of Physical Therapy at Nova Southeastern University. Laina has experience with diverse populations including pediatric and adult within inpatient rehabilitation, outpatient, and post-acute settings. She is passionate about working with children and their families to provide fun and functional therapy. Contact Laina at laina@pathtoprogresstherapy.com


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